Friday, September 17, 2010

Between Sky and Sea.



There is a space between water and sky where we are neither swimming nor flying. We are neither floating nor soaring.
In these places we walk.

Our feet touch the earth and, if we are wise, we walk with footsteps that are aware of the purposefulness of their treading upon the ground. In this space between above and beneath we are apt to meet other creatures. For you see it is the gathering place for those who would fly and those who would swim. And if we walk with time enough to sit, and sit with time enough to listen, we may open our ears to stories of what is beneath the waves and what is above the clouds. We may learn that we have something to give and something to take away.

For the fringe of society sit upon the sands. Lost sea lions, gulls with broken wings, star fish washed up on the shore. Those who breathe, take space or slip outside their own worlds for a time are found along the shore. As one of Gods creatures great and small this walking in the betwixt and between is the most important walking we may ever do. We too may join the Sand Sitters for awhile and come away changed. A gull who shared her story of flying, a sea lion that told of his passion for diving. And for those lost souls who may well have forgotten they can indeed fly or swim, we may be blessed enough to led them again to the edge of their blueness and watch them take their own journey home.

If there is a greater place to live than on the edges of what we know then I am not aware of it. To come together and walk or sit is the gift of living, the gift of loving and the human part of humanity.

There is a space between water and sky... in these places we walk.

28 comments:

  1. TB this is so beautifully written. A space between water and sky. Life! Amen. Blessings.

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  2. Wonderfully written Tabitha, it was a pleasure to read, and it made one think about what does go one between sky and sea, good subject.

    Take care.
    Yvonne,

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  3. Tabitha, this may be one of the most exquisite posts you have written. I can feel how thoughfully you composed the words, and the truth of and sincerity of your prose take my breath away. Reading this has offered a fantastic start to my day.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful. "There is a space between water and sky where we are neither swimming nor flying. We are neither floating nor soaring.
    In these places we walk." Stunning writing. Well done.

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  5. This was dream reading! I loved it, made you want to sit and listen :)

    Just gorgeous writing.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  6. Between sea and sky, I sat a my desk and read a blog where a writer beautifully described the magic of life. Thank you for this wonderful piece.

    Clarissa

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  7. Beautiful! A good read to start my morning:)

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  8. That is wonderful. If I ever go to the lake or the ocean, I'll never look at it the same.

    Have a great weekend!

    ~JD

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  9. Beautiful illistration, Tabitha!! I just love the way you see things and then write about them! You are so talented and inspiring!! :-)

    Have a Great Friday and a wonderful weekend!
    HUGS,
    Coreen

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  10. Tab, you literally do take my breath away. Thank you for this.
    karen

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  11. GOrgeous. I'm tired of being a sand sitter with broken wings. This eagle wants to fly. ;)

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  12. Eloquent and very pretty. I don't think any words can express effectively how lovely this is.

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  13. Beautiful! I would love to walk that space between the sea and the sky!

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  14. This is so beautiful and refreshing!

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  15. Very beautifully written, Tabitha. I think it would be lovely to walk that space between sea and sky.

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  16. So fresh and tranquil! Beautiful post!

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  17. Thank you everyone for dropping by :) Hope you all have a great weekend.

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  18. I awoke once from a dream, and my husband wrote down the words I whispered which were "...and we saw them all gathered together, crowded like unnumbered gulls". To me, it made what you've written something I can relate to, if only I could remember the dream!! The surname Bird is on my mother's side too!Have a lovely weekend Tabitha.

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  19. Wow. This is really beautiful. The perfect way to end my day - or should I say morning. It is 4 a.m. here and I'm headed for the shower and then to bed. Now I know I'll have sweet dreams. :)

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  20. Pam- a beautiful line. I could almost write a book from their myself. Are you going to write that story? Cause I have to know... why where they gathered? Who were they? :))

    Wendy- Thanks. 4am? Girl! I remember those days. Fun? Or work? Thanks for visiting.

    Welcome officially Esther. Sea Lions and Gulls are pretty amazing people :)

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  21. This felt like a fable to me - powerful and full of wisdom - told with your usual lyricism and insight. I'll sit in the sand with you any day.

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  22. ...Could hardly remember muttering the line Tabitha, let alone remember the dream, so really I have no idea who was gathered together! Thanks for your recent visit and comment.

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  23. I would be proud to walk with you anytime, Tab.

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  24. This completely and totally gave me goosebumps.

    Wow.

    Shelley

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  25. Your words made me feel like the whole world walks with me.

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  26. Excellent post! I readily agree with the observations you've made here. My earlier song "Stay" speaks about the same.

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